One of the best ways to see the country is to rent an RV, pack up the kids, and hit the road. RVs are almost totally self-contained, so you don’t have to worry about finding lodging, finding a restaurant, or finding transportation when you get to your destination. But if you’ve never camped with an RV before, you might be slightly nervous. After all, modern RVs can be very complex and you might not know where to start when thinking about planning a vacation. Not to worry: here at Ryan’s RV Town, we’ve created this short guide to help first time RV renters plan their next vacation. When you’re ready to rent an RV for your next trip, stop by Ryan’s RV located in Everett, Washington.
Dream Up a Trip
If you just want to go camp in the state park just outside town, you don’t need to plan things too extensively. However, if you’re a more ambitious vacationer, your trips will probably start with a dream or fantasy of how you’d like to spend your time away. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach somewhere with a cooler of cold drinks, or it’s running through museums and historical sites in a major city, having this goal in mind will make the planning of your next trip much easier and more fun.
Create an Itinerary, Route & Budget
Once you have a basic outline of the places you want to see and how long you want your trip to be, you can start to work on more of the specifics. The first element you’ll likely need to consider is your budget for the trip. This will dictate the places you’ll stay, how often you eat out versus how often you cook, and what type of activities you’ll do when you’re on the road. Next, work on a route and itinerary. Some prefer more roundabout trips through country roads, while others prefer taking the straight shot on an interstate highway. Remember that as you start to create your itinerary, you’ll want to budget enough time for rest throughout your trip. Planning a down-to-the-wire trip that’s totally packed with activities seems fun, but in practice it’s always more exhausting than it’s worth.
Once your route, itinerary, and budget are all in place, make your reservations. It’s important to do this several months in advance, as many RV parks fill up completely, making decent spots hard to come by. Make sure to keep confirmation of your reservations so that when the time comes, you’ll have proof of your reservation and will have some recourse if they lost your reservation or double booked your spot. You’ll also want to reserve an RV for rental. Stop by your local RV center, such as Ryan’s RV Town, to get a better idea about what types of RV might work best for you and your family.
Make a Packing List
With the details of your trip confirmed, you can work on a packing list that suits your trip. Make sure to add the types of clothes, food, and recreational equipment that will be appropriate for where you’re going. Consider keeping separate lists for the different elements of the trip. Having distinct lists for food, clothing, activities, emergencies, and everything else that goes into planning a vacation, will help you stay more organized when it comes time to leave.
Pick Up Your RV & Get it Ready to Go
The last step of preparation your trip will require is to pick up your rental RV and get it ready to leave. When you pick up your RV, make sure the rental staff walk you through all the major systems and features of the RV. Being able to use all the systems will allow you to get the most out of it and it will make your trip easier. Make sure to pack up your RV, check the tire pressures, and double check to make sure all your packing lists have been completely checked off.
When you need a top of the line RV to rent for your next trip, go to the RV pros. Here at Ryan’s RV Town, we have the experience to help you get the first RV for your needs. Located in Everett, Washington, we’re one of the northwest leaders in RV rental. We proudly serve the area of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington.